Alan plays the dopey but lovable mechanic Tyrone Dobbs in Coronation Street, married to Molly Compton (who died in the tram crash of December 2010), a role he has played for the last 16 years.
Alan was brought up in Walkden, near Manchester, and attended Walkden High School. Although Alan did excel in academic subjects, he did prove to have above average ability in drama.
Alan has been in Coronation Street since November 1998, but had previously appeared in a variety of television shows including Heartbeat, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates and Queer As Folk (1999). He was also the star of CITV four-part series Matt’s Million.
In real life he is married to former Coronation Street and Wild at Heart actress, Lucy-Jo Hudson. They met on set and began dating in 2005. They married in June of 2009 in Cheshire.